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Barbaro's odds improving every day

June 20, 2006

Dr. Liberty Getman checks out Barbaro's new cast. It was replaced last week.
Photo: Sabina Louise Pierce/University of Pennsylvania
The surgeon who operated on Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro says the odds of the horse surviving his catastrophic injury are rising all the time.

Dean Richardson has emphasised that Barbaro is not out of the woods yet, with serious complications still an ongoing risk, but the colt is doing everything right.

Barbaro remains in a stall at the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals, and is becoming accustomed to a new fibreglass cast fitted to right hind leg a few days ago.

Barbaro shattered the lower leg in the Preakness Stakes, when he was chasing the second leg of the Triple Crown.

Those caring for the horse have found him in a good frame of mind and feisty, the latter perhaps a symptom of his long incarceration.

The key now is for the bones to heal before the plates and screw start to loosen.


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